The Rugby Groud Guide

Tickets,Eating & Drinking

Tickets

http://www.millenniumstadium.com/tickets/index.php

is the official Millennium Stadium web site for tickets.

Shopping

 The merchandise shop sits behind the stadium opposite the coach station.

You can get everything you could possibly want there, from scarves to carnival hats.      

               

Eating and Drinking in the Stadium

There are 17 public bars, many of which are fitted with special machines capable of serving 12 pints in 20 seconds. They are needed to cater for a demand that will see a full ground drink more than a pub in a whole year.

There are 16 food outlets in the stadium and it is all standard stuff like hot dogs and burgers.

Eating and Drinking near the Stadium

               

Pubs fill up early on match days but drinking on the streets outside the pubs is commonplace.

St. Mary's Street is the place for most of the action, with the OZ Bar and The Walkabout able to

accommodate large groups of punters and they have big screens if you don't have a ticket.

Berlins Venue Bar in Church Street also has a giant screen and multiple TV screens around each of its three bars. It also boasts the biggest bottle fridge in Wales, holding 7,000 bottles!

 

Rugby Bars

 

Old Arcade

Church Street

029 2021 7999

A famous old Cardiff pub that dates back to 1844 and is decorated with all kinds of sporting memorabilia.

Try and visit on a non-match day to really see the décor, which includes an old-fashioned mahogany bar, and a rear lounge bar complete with its original mirror.

 

Queens Vaults

29 Westgate Street

029 2022 7966

Queen Victoria over the entrance looks away disapprovingly, as well she might given the noise during a match.

Located a few yards from Gate 4 of The Millennium Stadium, it does a roaring trade with special prices on pub food and beer several days a week.

 

The Goat Major

33 High Street

029 2033 7161

Lovely old and unspoilt pub, with a black and white timbered frontage, dark wood panelling and comfy leather sofas.

Welsh dishes are on the food menu and every Wednesday they have a lively Welsh night.

 

The City Arms

10 Quay Street

029 2022 5258

Opposite stadium Gate 2 of The Millennium Stadium is this black and white pub with a bright red dragon above the door.

On match days it’s more crowded here than it is inside the stadium. There are two big screens to watch the sports action if you didn’t get a ticket.

 

La Tantra

31 Westgate Street

029 2039 9400

This hip Turkish themed bar located near Gate 4 of The Millennium Stadium is a pleasant change from the old-fashioned Cardiff pubs. Downstairs, Club Tantra is popular with local celebs, including rugby players and Charlotte Church.

 

Restaurants near the Millennium Stadium

Topo Gigio

12 Church Street

029 2034 5903

www.vendittogroup.co.uk/topogigio.htm

Book on match days

Credit Cards accepted

With a lively authentic Italian atmosphere, Topo Gigio is a popular spot with players and other celebrities whose photos and magazine cuttings line the walls.

The menu offers home-made pizzas and fresh pastas, and also a selection of fresh fish.

 

Champers

61 St Mary Street

029 2037 3363

Book on match days

Credit Cards accepted

This incongruously-named Spanish tapas bar is located south-east of the Millennium Stadium near the edge of Cardiff’s Café Quarter. The dark interior could be found anywhere in Spain, with a long bar filling one side of the room and a good tapas menu.

 

Las Iguanas

8a Mill Lane

029 2022 6373

www.iguanas.co.uk

Book on match days

Credit Cards accepted

In the heart of the Café Quarter is this incredibly colourful and popular Latin American bar/restaurant. Deadly cocktails too.

 

Good Pubs

Cardiff is dominated by Brain’s brewery alongside the train station and its beers are everywhere.

The Goat Major, 33 High Street, is at the entrance to Cardiff Castle, and is named after the soldier in charge of the mascot of the Royal Regiment of Wales. The pub is celebrated for its pies, and serves Brain’s Dark, Bitter, SA and guest beers.

Mochyn Du(Black Pig) Sophia Close, is on the edge of Sophia Gardens, close to the county cricket ground. There’s a large conservatory serving excellent food while the beer range comes from the Vale of Glamorgan brewery and includes Cwrw Cymru, which means Welsh Ale, and a house beer, Mochyn Du.

One of the most celebrated Cardiff pubs is the City Arms, Quay Street, with the full range of brain’s beers and a vigorous guest beer policy.

 

Accommodation:

Cardiff has the usual selection of major hotel chains dotted around the city centre.

These are often booked up over a year in advance for a major sporting event.

The two main areas for small hotels, guesthouses and bed and breakfasts are along Cathedral Road and Newport Road. Prices in the Newport Road tend to be cheaper.

               

Tourist Offices:

City Centre: 16 Wood Street

Cardiff Bay: The Tube

               

               

               

 

 

 

Last Updated JMarch 2014

 

 

Copyright Miles & Miles Publishing 2014

               

               

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